Tedd Baker Quartet
Tedd Baker - Saxophone
Andrew Adair - Piano
Herman Burney - Bass
Howard Kingphish Franklin- Drums (Fri) Jay Jefferson- Drums (Sat)
“a bottomless well of musical energy—he can probably cut any saxophonist in town, and hold his own with any saxophonist, period.” -Washington Citypaper
Tedd Baker is becoming someone to pay attention to on and off his horn. He is constantly trying to find new approaches to any piece of music…and it’s paying off. In the last several years Tedd Baker has become a trustworthy hired gun for a wide variety of original music projects. “I love the challenge of being prepared for performing music that’s 100% new to me. It’s do or die preparing for these all original shows and the clock is ticking.” Fitz and the Tantrums hired Tedd to sub in last minute for a high profile New Year’s eve show opening for the Dap Kings. Amina Figarova hired Tedd a few days before a Voice of America recording and Blues Alley performances. And the list goes on. Tedd has also been featured on numerous recording projects as a sideman including a New York Voices’ upcoming release.
Tedd Baker has been privileged to work with a wide variety of great artists including Barry Harris, David Sanborn, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Warren Wolf, Josh Groban, Darren Barrett, George Duke, Amina Figarova, Vanessa Rubin, Duane Eubanks, Donnie McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Lewis, Michael Mossman, DC’s “Young Lions”, Butch Warren, Pete Yellin, Arturo O'Farrill, and Gene Lake among others. Tedd has also performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of Dr. David Baker and other SJMO ensembles, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Washington Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Allyn Johnson and Nasar Abadey, the Harry James Orchestra, and the Frank Carlberg/Andrew Rathbun Orchestra.
Both a composer and an in-demand performer, his all-original 2006 debut “Mugshots” received rave reviews from JazzTimes, and All About Jazz. He is also featured on “The Taylor/ Fidyk Big Band Live At Blues Alley,” DC’s own “The Young Lions” live cds, The Doug Hamilton Jazz Band’s self-titled debut, Ryan Haines Big Band, and numerous other recordings.
“The saxophonist Tedd Baker, one of the most revered on the D.C. scene, has toured the world as part of the State Department’s Jazz Ambassadors program and is a member of the U.S. Air Force jazz band, the Airmen of Note. But when he steps in front of his own combo, Baker’s liable to bring the house down; he has a broad, powerful tone and a sure-footed improvisational attack that winds and zags. It’s confident and questioning, all at once.” -CapitolBop.com
New York born and Boston raised, Tedd(y) Baker started learning music by singing in a Baptist church where his mother played piano and organ. There he began playing piano at 6 and switched to the tenor saxophone at 10. Tedd began his professional career during high school playing sax around Boston. He then attended New England Conservatory on a scholarship earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1996. After a tour through the Middle East with a jazz trio, Tedd moved to Queens, NY in 1998 to attend the Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College where he earned his Master’s degree in 2001. While at Queens College, he placed first in the 2000 Hilton Head Jazz Society Competition. In 2001, he was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the US Department of State, touring South America, Central America and Jamaica as a member of the Doron Richard Johnson Trio. Tedd then auditioned and won the lead tenor saxophonist spot with The Airmen of Note, which is the premiere jazz orchestra of the USAF Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC (www.usafband.com). As a member of the Airmen of Note, he has performed with numerous renown artists including Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Nnenna Freelon, Eddie Palmieri, Nicholas Payton, Doc Severinsen, BeBe Winans, Butch Miles, Rufus Reed, Phil Woods, and Paquito D'Rivera.